Manchester United starlet Jesse Lingard has spoken about his future at the Old Trafford club and the fact that he hopes to be given the chance to make an impact at the Old Trafford club, of course talking inspiration from his hero, Ryan Giggs. Lingard is currently on loan at promotion candidates Brighton & Hove Albion and has now scored on two consecutive matches, with his latest goal coming at the weekend in a 3-0 victory over Charlton Athletic.
Lingard also spent time on loan with Birmingham City during the first half of the season, famously scoring four goals on his debut, six in total during his time at the club. Lingard has made eleven appearances with Brighton so far since his loan spell was finalised back in January. The south coast club broke into the top six play off positions at the weekend, and providing Reading lose to Leicester City this evening [Monday], they will keep their place ahead of Easter weekend matches against Huddersfield Town [Friday] and Blackpool [Monday]. Sky Sports have reported the 21-year-old as saying:
“Growing up at United, Ryan Giggs is my hero.
“He is one of those flair players that excites fans. I like players who run at people and dribbling is one of my main attributes. People love to see it, you have to get the supporters out of their seats.
“I’ll go back to Old Trafford with sky-high confidence. Players out on loan have got to keep playing our own game and see where it takes us.
“The games left here are going to be tough but, if we take the mentality we had this week against Leicester and Charlton into these games, we are going to push on.”
Lingard’s current contract at United was due to expire this summer, but with the player now confirming he will return to Old Trafford in the summer, it confirms that he either has already agreed a new contract with the club, or that he is confident a new contract is on offer. Personally if United let a talent like Lingard leave the club, it would be something reminiscent of the likes of Paul Pogba, Zeki Fryers, Ravel Morrison et al leaving the club over the years. I know Morrison was sold, but it was still a talent which was effectively lost.
Lingard was the top scorer in last summers pre-season tour of Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong and I feel he should have been given more of a chance at the club this season. For Warren Joyce’s U21 side, Lingard had scored six goals, some of them pretty good strikes, so it shows that he has something to give to David Moyes’ first team in the coming season. United have always put confidence in their youth players, and with some players currently looking like they will become first team players in the coming seasons, there is certainly some exciting times ahead.
By Paul Bienkowski
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